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The best shows and events in Sussex in February 2024

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Comedy

Richard Herring: RHLSTP

Comic Richard Herring has created his own niche in the podcast world, as an interviewer of the biggest names of comedy and entertainment. Now his multi-award-winning podcast is going on the road.

Komedia, Brighton, Thursday, February 1, 8pm, £20, komedia.co.uk/brighton

Talk

Flooded with Little Joan Crawfords

Dress historian Amber Butchart, as seen on the Great British Sewing Bee, explores the pivotal point in the 1930s when the fashions of Hollywood started influencing Paris and London, unseating the French couturiers. Following the talk is a screening of The Women, starring Joan Crawford and Norma Shearer, handpicked by Amber – with reduced-price tickets for those who attend the talk.

Connaught Studio, Worthing, Thursday, February 1, 7.45pm, from £10, wtm.uk

Photography

Nick Brandt: The Day May Break + Sink / Rise

The third part of Nick Brandt’s ongoing series, The Day May Break, about environmental degradation and destruction focuses on South Pacific islanders whose lives are being affected by rising oceans. The images are all shot using underwater cameras in the ocean, showing the people whose lives and livelihoods could be lost in the coming decades.

Newlands House Gallery, Petworth, February 3-May 29, Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-4pm, from £14.50, £7.25 concessions, newlandshouse.gallery

Music

Bombay Bicycle Club

It doesn’t feel like that long ago that Bombay Bicycle Club were second on the bill on the NME’s 2010 awards tour at the Brighton Dome – traditionally a leaping-off point for indie bands with their eyes on the prize. Now with a Mercury Music Prize nomination behind them, the Crouch End band is back headlining the city’s biggest venue with sixth album My Big Day.

Brighton Centre, Saturday, February 3, doors 6.45pm, from £25, brightoncentre.co.uk

Workshop

Winter Photography

Want to capture an image of the crisp ice of a frosty morning, or the bare trees silhouetted against a wintry sky? This half-day workshop by professional landscape photographer Matt Goddard will be focusing on artistic composition with the chance to explore the estate for inspiration. Look out for more workshops at Leonardslee this month, ranging from cupcake decorating to botanical illustrations.

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, Sunday, February 4, 9.30am, £65, leonardsleegardens.co.uk

Classical

Worthing Symphony Orchestra

Jeneba Kanneh-Mason from arguably the UK’s most musical family joins the WSO to play Mozart’s Piano Concerto 23 in A minor. The bill also features Dvorak’s Czech Suite, Dutch composer Dina Appeldoorn’s Pastorale and Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony.

Assembly Hall, Worthing, Sunday, February 4, 2.45pm, from £10, wtm.uk

Theatre

2:22 A Ghost Story

Danny Robins’ supernatural tale won the Best New Play trophy at the WhatsOnStage Awards. This touring version starts Jay McGuiness, Fiona Wade, George Rainsford and Vera Chok as dinner party guests who decide to stay up until the titular wee small hours to see if the dead really do walk again.

Chichester Festival Theatre, February 6-10, 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinees Wed, Thurs and Sat, from £10, cft.org.uk

Music

Miles Kane

For a while Miles Kane felt like the nearly man of British rock – related to members of The Coral and part of hotly tipped bands The Little Flames and The Rascals. But teaming up with Arctic Monkey Alex Turner in The Last Shadow Puppets finally got his name in lights, and he has since released five solo albums of hooky anthemic rock. His latest, One Man Band, came out last summer.

Concorde 2, Brighton, Thursday, February 8, 7.30pm, £35.65, concorde2.co.uk

Comedy

Ross Noble – Jibber Jabber Jamboree

There are tangents in comedy, and then there are the flights of fancy Ross Noble can embark on while on stage. Now on his 21st solo tour (he started young), expect to hear some inspired asides from the Geordie-born star, or find yourself infuriated as he seems incapable of keeping a single thought in his head... Also at Eastbourne’s Devonshire Park Theatre on Wednesday, February 21.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Friday, February 9, 8pm, £31, brightondome.org

Comedy

Guz Khan Live

The star of BAFTA-nominated Man Like Mobeen, which is now into its fourth series, and Taskmaster standout from series 12 is back on the road, promising some kick-ass comedy.

Theatre Royal Brighton, Friday, February 9, 7.30pm, £24.10, ATGTickets.com/Brighton

Comedy

Al Murray: Guv Island

Having squared up against Nigel Farage in South Thanet at the 2015 General Election (coming sixth after polling just 318 votes), Al Murray’s Pub Landlord is back to look at what has happened to his beautiful country - not forgetting that since that election we’ve had four new Prime Minsters...

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Saturday, February 10, 7pm, from £31, dlwp.com

Family

Nature Heroes: Sloth Saver

Young adventurers can spend half-term at Wakehurst completing a planet-saving mission. Following a bespoke trail by artist Fernando Laposse they will learn about sloths, their rainforest home and why the animals need saving. Superhero capes are available to buy from the Visitor Centre, and there will be a badge to collect once the mission is complete.

Wakehurst, February 10-18, 10am-4pm, £3 plus admission (£16.50, under 16s free), kew.org/wakehurst

History

An Audience with Lucy Worsley on Agatha Christie

To her public she was a retiring Edwardian lady of leisure, but popular historian Lucy Worsley’s research has uncovered an Agatha Christie who went surfing in Hawaii, loved fast cars and was fascinated by the new science of psychology, which helped her through her own mental illness.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Sunday, February 11, 7.30pm, from £27.50, brightondome.org

Talk

Candace Bushnell

Valentine’s Day seems an appropriate day for this chance to meet the real Carrie Bradshaw. Novelist Candace Bushnell was the creator of the TV phenomenon Sex and the City through her real-life column in the New York Observer. This show is promising a whirlwind tour of her adopted home city seen through her eyes.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Wednesday, February 14, 7.30pm, from £31.50, brightondome.org

Music

Crawlers

Not only is Brighton’s Resident one of the best independent record shops in the country (with the awards to prove it) it also hosts intimate shows by up-and-coming bands. Crawlers’ debut release The Mess You Seem To Make explores themes of trauma, sexual politics, mental health and the general goings on in a young person’s life. Look out for more shows to come, including Brit Awards’ Rising Stars The Last Dinner Party and Lime Garden.

Resident, Brighton, Thursday, February 15, 6.30pm, entry by preordering new album from £11.99, resident-music.com

Health and wellbeing

Dr Michael Mosley and Dr Clare Bailey: Eat (well), Sleep (better), Live (longer)!

The husband-and-wife team behind the best-selling books The Fast 800 and podcast Just One Thing, discuss their latest health tips and do some cooking demonstrations live on stage.

Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Thursday, February 15, 7.30pm, from £27, eastbournetheatres.co.uk

Music

My Life Story

As he releases his fifth album as My Life Story this month, Jake Shillingford plays a hometown show previewing tracks from Loving You is Killing Me, as well as dipping into the Britpop band’s orchestral history – as captured in the hits Sparkle and 12 Reasons Why I Love Her.

Hope and Ruin, Brighton, Friday, February 16, 7.30pm, £19.50, hope.pub

Talk

An Evening with Lady Colin Campbell

When Sussex Life met the chatelaine of Castle Goring, Lady C displayed a wicked sense of humour, which hopefully will be on display in her first UK tour. Ostensibly to promote an updated version of her biography of the Sussexes, as well as a Q&A, expect to hear about some of her other biographies covering Diana, Princess of Wales and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.

Capitol Theatre, Horsham, Friday, February 16, 7.30pm, from £24.50, thecapitolhorsham.com

Comedy

Janine Harouni: Man'oushe

It’s become quite a cool thing to do – grab a sample of your DNA and send it off in the post to get your family background analysed. But when comedian Janine took her swab, she wasn’t expecting it to get quite so messy – as explored in her Edinburgh Comedy Award-nominated show, which she performed while in the final trimester of her pregnancy.

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Saturday, February 17, 7.30pm, £17, brightondome.org

Exhibition

Manuel Mathieu

Bexhill hosts the first major presentation of the Haitian-born but Canada-based artist’s work, which encompasses painting, drawing, ceramics and installations. His work explores historical violence, erasure and how culture approaches physicality, nature and spiritual legacy. Look out too for the premiere of Berlin artist Clara Jo’s film installation Nests of Basalt, Nests of Wood in the first floor gallery until March 31.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, February 17-May 27, daily 10am-5pm, free, dlwp.com

Theatre

Drop the Dead Donkey: The Reawakening

It’s now 30 years since Globelink News brought a satirical take on the stories of the week to Channel Four. This stage version by original writers Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin sees the return of Susannah Doyle as PA from hell Joy, Robert Duncan’s jargon-spouting Gus, Neil Pearson’s roguish Dave, Jeff Rawle as hopeless editor George, Stephen Tompkinson’s sociopathic reporter Damien, Victoria Wicks’ robo-presenter Sally and Ingrid Lacey’s Helen trying to keep it all together. Also at Theatre Royal Brighton from March 5-9.

Chichester Festival Theatre, February 20-24, 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinees Wed, Thurs and Sat, from £10, cft.org.uk

Music

Rick Wakeman

Though perhaps better-known today as a talking head on the likes of Grumpy Old Men, Rick Wakeman made his name through his flamboyant keyboard skills both as a solo artist, session man and with the band Yes. This two-part show with the English Rock Ensemble is looking back at his time with the band and his epic solo album Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Tuesday, February 20, 7.30pm, from £43.50, brightondome.org

New season

Reigning Women

Hove’s historic venue is celebrating the work of women across arts and culture, launching with comedy from Sikisa, Alexandra Haddow, Bec Hill and Jen Brister on Wednesday, February 21. The programme also includes storytelling and aerial performance from Naomi Wood, a tale of surviving in the frozen wastes of the Yukon by Jennifer Irons, a new show from Ceyda Tanc Dance, poetry from Hollie McNish and Jenny Foulds, comedy from Jessica Fostekew, spoken word from Brighton’s own Rosy Carrick and a night of new talent featuring soul and RnB vocalist Scarlett Fae and AFLO.The Poet.

The Old Market, Hove, February 21-March 22, various times and prices, theoldmarket.com/reigning-women

Film

Banff Mountain Film Festival 2024

The first of two collections of adrenaline-packed short films about life on top of the world, seen from the point of view of climbers, paddlers and skiers. Look out for the second collection on Thursday, April 11.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Wednesday, February 21, 7.30pm, £18.50, two-show bundle from £33, brightondome.org

Comedy

Bill Bailey: Thoughtifier

Fresh from his trip around Western Australia, the self-professed part-troll and musical genius Bill Bailey turns his attention to our flawed humanity in a world where the machines seem to be taking over.

Also on Tuesday, March 5 and Saturday, March 9.

Brighton Centre, Wednesday, February 21, doors 7pm, see venue for prices, brightoncentre.co.uk

Comedy

Miles Jupp: On I Bang

In the past few years comedian Miles Jupp has been lighting up massive stages, performed on the small screen in The Durrells and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, published a novel, made an award-winning radio series, appeared in a Ridley Scott film and suffered a brain seizure thanks to a tumour the size of a cherry tomato. This is the story of his recovery.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, Sunday, February 25, 7.30pm, £26.50, brightondome.org

Classical

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Alistair McGowan leads a cast of three in a performance of Stravinsky’s satirical The Soldier’s Tale, in a bill of 20th-century classics which opens with the same composer’s Ebony Concerto, plus Milhaud’s La Creation du Monde and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera Suite.

Brighton Dome Corn Exchange, Sunday, February 25, 7.30pm, from £25, brightondome.org

Dance

Sao Paulo Dance Company

The UK debut by this Brazilian dance company, who will perform Anthem by Goyo Montero, the resident choreographer at Acosta Danza, whose work explores collective identities, Gnawa by Berlin State Ballet’s Nacho Duato combining the colours of Valencia with the ritualistic music of North Africa, and Agora by Cassi Abranches which is set to the beats of Afro-Brazilian fusion.

Brighton Dome Concert Hall, February 27-28, 7.30pm, from £10, brightondome.org

Theatre

The Woman in Black

Susan Hill’s gothic horror novel was a West End hit when it was reimagined as a tight two-hander. Using theatrical slight-of-hand and a masterly sense of atmosphere it follows the story of Malcolm James’ Arthur Kipps as he employs an actor (Mark Hawkins) to help him tell his chilling tale.

Theatre Royal Brighton, February 27-March 2, 7.45pm, 2.30pm matinees Thurs and Sat, from £13, ATGTickets.com/Brighton

Comedy

Dom Joly: The Conspiracy Tour

The former Trigger Happy TV star has explored the more dangerous places in the world usually avoided by package flights. But in his new book he has taken the rise of the conspiracy theory as his inspiration – travelling to prove whether Finland really does exist, if UFOs are piloted by lizards, if Denver Airport is a panic room for the Illuminati and ultimately whether the earth is flat. This show sees him joined by conspiracy theorist Dr Julian Northcote, who will defend the alternative view.

Also at Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, on Sunday, March 10.

Komedia, Brighton, Wednesday, February 28, 8pm, £25.50, komedia.co.uk/brighton



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